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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Oct 24, 2004 10:14am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Star ratings are a meaningless measure

Can we make them optional? What do they measure in an ephemeral film?

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Poster: Marysz Date: Oct 24, 2004 12:21pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Star ratings are a meaningless measure

The stars seem to indicate the reviewer's reaction to the film instead of the quality of the film itself. The stars are problematic in the sense that they can unfairly prejudice viewers against a film before they've had a chance to watch it.

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Poster: Scott Bot Date: Oct 24, 2004 1:14pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Star ratings are a meaningless measure

I agree, the star ratings are fairly useless. Often, if I choose to revise a review, the information I type in is lost because I forget to resubmit my star rating. I also tend to give a film four or five stars anyway, because if I thought it was going to be something I didn't care for, I wouldn't watch it anyway. I base my watching on the film descriptions, or a particulary funny or insightful review, rather than whether it's a five star film.

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Oct 24, 2004 2:43pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Star ratings & most viewed...

I concur that star ratings are pointless given the variety of tastes of reviewers.

I also would like to some other rankings besides "Most Viewed Films" - since those rankings will never change. Maybe it could change monthly or weekly.

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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Oct 24, 2004 3:56pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Star ratings & most viewed...

Perhaps a most viewed over the last week and month, in addition to the most viewed for all time.

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Poster: Visual16 Date: Oct 24, 2004 5:44pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Star ratings & most viewed...

That seems wise. The most viewed might also be the best films. But it could have a 'black hole' effect where anyone new to the site sees just those (ie Duck and Cover, Perversion for Profit, technicolor leader countdown), makes the counter go crazy and misses the true gems, many of which are found in "need keyword" and "need meta"! When I first came to the site over a year ago, the star ratings quickly led me to many of the generally entertaining good films, like "Big Delivery Wagon" and "Safe Roads" which my family really enjoyed from a VCD I burned. I like your "Rick's Picks"
list too because it demonstrates the great variety of films here.
After watching hundreds of these films, the star rating isn't as important. But when I first came here, they were some help.

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Oct 24, 2004 10:27pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Star ratings are a meaningless measure

I don't think the 5 star rating are completely useless. Sometimes I will choose a film to download based on a high rating, but I never let a low rating turn me off to a film. When I write a review, I hate having to rate on a single scale. I like Christine Hennig's separate scales: Camp/Humor Value, Weirdness, Historical Interest, Overall Rating.

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Poster: Ryokan Date: Oct 27, 2004 10:31pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Star ratings are a meaningless measure

Perhaps there's a 'user post' system y'all could set up?

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Poster: MediaWhore Date: Feb 23, 2005 6:39am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Keep the star rating!!!

Of course some great films have low star rating and vice versa, anytime anything is judged peoples opinions will differ. I think most people giving star ratings on here are like me, they take into consideration how the film personally relates to them or what they were searching for rather than the actual production quality.I think the rating system makes this site more fun to browse through and makes people more inclined to write reviews.